Monthly Archives: August 2016

Strong in the Lord

IMG_0982A new academic year has begun at Christ Lutheran School (CLS). Every year, the first day of school brings a smile to my face as I see some students and families that I haven’t seen for a while. Kids with their growth spurts, always surprise me with how much they have grown over the past two months. Some students return a few inches taller than they were when they left back in June; some adults in the building return maybe a little grayer. Reflecting on all of this, I am reminded that things are always changing. Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes, and yet there is one that does not change, our Heavenly Father.

A lot of things have changed at CLS in preparation for this year. The many volunteers of the board of properties have done much to improve what this ministry can provide for the community. Under the guidance of Chris Alles and Ron Vandermeer, many have worked to bring the building into compliance with the state of Michigan for our After School Care Program. If you walk around the building, you will notice new speakers as they have worked tirelessly to improve the safety of the building with a new public announcement system. This is just to name a few things in addition to the work that the teachers have done over the summer to change and improve what they do in their classrooms.

Some things have changed, but one aspect of CLS remains the same, it is strong in the Lord. The theme for the 2016-2017 school year comes from Ephesians 6:10 which says, “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might”. In opening chapel, Pastor Measel shared with us how the strength expressed in this passage is not the same as the world would define it. Our strength is not in muscles, money, or earthly power. Our strength is found in a man that suffered the shame of the cross on our behalf and won a prize more valuable than anything on earth.

 

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A Legacy of Truth

JN18.33Over the course of the past year I have been working with the Christ Lutheran School’s Board of Christian Education to make the community more aware of the fine jewel we have that is Christ Lutheran School (CLS). In particular, this past month I have been working with a subcommittee of the board to come up with a radio advertisement for CLS. This effort has taken a good amount of discussion and deliberation to hone down the important facts that we want to get out into the community. Also of importance has been the fact that CLS is a mission of Christ Lutheran Church, one that generations have dedicated time, talent, and treasure to support.

In an attempt to create a commercial that reflects CLS’s mission, we spent a lot of time considering the things that make Christ a school that serves the needs of the community. One aspect of Christ that stood out is its adherence to truth that has been passed down through the generations. This truth of course is rooted in God’s word that members both past and present hold as vital for everyone. This truth has served students well as they take it with them in their high school, college endeavors, and beyond.

All of this brings us back to why Christ Lutheran School is here. It is here to offer so much more than just a private school education. In addition to the excellent instruction of math, English, science, etc., CLS is here to pass on the truths of the master teacher, Jesus. It is here to enrich the lives of its students and families with time tested truths as a guide during a time in their lives when the secular world attempts to offer increasingly contrary and detrimental dogma.